25062018-CT-01.qxd 6/25/2018 1:09 AM Page 1 cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE MONDAY | 25 JUNE 2018 | CHANDIGARH Play highlights corruption MC fails to leash dogs Odisha win rugby national Kullu-based association stages Hindi play ‘Chidiya Ke Bahane’ at Tagore Theatre. P2 Municipal Corporation fails to catch aggressive dogs as it has no dog pound of its own. Odisha win the national rugby women’s title by defeating West Bengal in a one-sided affair. P6 FORECAST P3 MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 39°C MIN 28°C | YESTERDAY MAX 39.3°C MIN 25.6°C | SUNSET MONDAY 7.28 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 5.23 AM Food for thought TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR Black Bullet-borne snatcher prowls city Lone rider has targeted four women in 5 days Amit Sharma Tribune News Service Students from foreign countries perform ‘sewa’ under “Building inter-cultural friendship”, an initiative of Children International Summer Village, an NGO, and St Kabir Public School, Chandigarh, at Gurdwara Nada Sahib in Panchkula on Sunday. Students from the USA, Canada, Mexico, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Indonesia and India are taking part in the initiative. Sixth accused in HCS paper leak case held Tribune flyover: UT Admn asks consultant to prepare DPR Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 24 The UT police have arrested the sixth accused in the HCS (Judicial) paper leak case. The accused, Kuldeep, who is brother of one of the beneficiaries Sunita, was arrested on Sunday. The police said Kuldeep was one of the agents who roped in candidates to whom paper was provided. He was absconding for the past few months. Three persons, Balwinder Sharma, Registrar at the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Chandigarh, and two beneficiaries Sunita and Sushila were earlier arrested in the high-profile case, which was registered in September last year following the directions of the High Court. A High Court committee looking into the case had recommended scrapping of the examination after prima facie finding that some candidates had access to the question paper. The committee had said at least two candidates, Sunita and Sushila, had the question paper. The committee had also stated that Balwinder Sharma unequivocally denied prior acquaintance with Sunita, the Continued on page 2 Chandigarh, June 24 The UT Administration has asked Stup Constructions, a Mumbai-based consultant, to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) for construction of a flyover at Tribune Chowk, one of the busiest junctions in the city. Sources said the UT Administration would send the DPR to the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to take the project to the next stage. The NHAI will provide funds and issue a tender for the work on the basis of the DPR. Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari had announced the project during his visit to the city in 2016 following a demand by local MP Kirron Kher. After getting approval from the Union ministry, the Administration had engaged the consultant for Rs 1.85 crore to prepare a detailed report of the project. The consultant has suggested a flyover connecting Chandigarh with the flyover at Zirakpur. An elevated road has also been proposed from Chandigarh to Zirakpur. The project is a combination of a flyover at about 9 to 10-metre height on Dakshin Marg and an underpass on Purv Marg for vehicles going towards Mohali and southern sectors. Chandigarh, June 24 A black Bullet rider is on the police radar. The miscreant has been committing snatchings in the city and has struck thrice in the past five days. The accused, who perpetrates the crime single-handedly, snatched a purse from a woman in Sector 21 on Sunday night. Earlier, the biker had snatched a mobile phone from a woman at the Sector 36/37/41/42 roundabout on June 20. The very next day, he sped away after snatching a mobile phone from another woman in Sector 21. He struck again on June 22 when he snatched a mobile phone in Sector 34. Police officials said police station and PCR staff had been asked to keep an eye on those riding black Bullet alone. A Crime Branch official said they suspected that the accused was committing snatchings on a stolen motorcycle. “Bullet are rarely used for a crime like snatching as it is tough to manoeuvre in case the victim resists,” the cop added. Miscreants usually ride Pulsar motorcycles and Activa scooters to commit snatching as it is relatively easy to escape on such vehicles. The police said on May 31 and June 3, two snatching incidents were reported in Sectors 32 and 35. In both incidents, one person, who was riding a motorcycle, had snatched purses from two MC wants UT to take over ~100-cr works FISCAL CRISIS List of projects ready, civic body’s finance panel to take final call tomorrow Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 24 The cash-strapped Municipal Corporation has decided to hand over works worth more than Rs 100 crore to the UT Administration. The Finance and the Contract Committee (F&CC) of the civic body will take the final call on the proposal. Sources said the engineering wing of the MC had prepared a list of works to be transferred to the UT Admin- istration. The list will be placed before the F&CC, which is scheduled to meet on June 26. The projects the MC pro- poses to pass on to the UT include re-carpeting of city roads at the cost of Rs 52 crore, illumination of dark spots for Rs 26 crore and con- struction of three to four community centres in the city. Due to fund crunch, the MC had stopped the works related to repair and re-carpeting of roads and construction of community centres. Sources said the proposal would be part of the agenda of the General House meeting if the finance panel of the civic body gave its nod for it. The UT Administration has already denied additional funds to the MC and asked it Continued on page 2 Things start moving on 3 Smart City projects Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 24 Uninterrupted water supply in Mani Majra, public bicycling sharing and intelligent traffic management system are some of the Smart City projects which are likely to be rolled out soon. Sources said the project management consultant (PMC), Egis International SA, had submitted the project reports related to these works and would place these before the Board of Directors of the Smart City Limited soon for its approval. The company will float tenders for implementation of the projects after receiving the nod of the board. The Municipal Corpora- On the cards 24X7 water supply in Mani Majra Intelligent traffic light management Bicycle sharing scheme tion has been facing flak for not starting work on any project in the last two years. The city had made it to the Smart City list on May 25, 2016. Under one of the Smart City projects, the heavily populated Mani Majra block will be provided round-the-clock water supply. The project will cost around Rs 80 crore and will start on pilot basis. The company will install the infrastructure for the execution of the project. The report prepared after a detailed survey of the area has recommended various options on how to provide 24X7 water supply to the area having a population of more than one lakh. Further, the city will have intelligent traffic light management system, which will cost more than Rs 42 crore and is likely to be completed within a year. This Smart City project is aimed at making the entire functioning of traffic lights smart and managed from a control room. Under the system, all traffic lights will be synchronised in a way that would reduce the average halting time of vehicles at intersections, cut fuel wastage, decrease pollution and lessen the number of accidents. The project is expected to complete within a year of c m y b the allotment of work. In yet another Smart City project, nearly 5,000 bicycles will be made available under a sharing scheme. The total cost of the project will be around Rs 25 crore to Rs 30 crore. City residents will be provided cards which they could use to pay the fee for using bicycle. Under the project, bicycle sharing points will be introduced at the Sector 17 Plaza, Panjab University, Sukhna Lake, Rose Garden, PGI and bus stand among other busy places in the city. The scheme aims at reducing the number of motorised vehicles on city roads, thereby checking the pollution level. ILLUSTRATION: SANDEEP JOSHI Back-to-back snatchings ■ Two more snatching incidents were reported from the city on Sunday night, including one by a miscreant riding a Bullet motorcycle. ■ Sources said a person riding a black Bullet motorcycle snatched a purse from a woman in Sector 21 around 9.10 pm. Earlier, two motorcycle-borne miscreants had sped away after snatching a purse from a woman near the Sector 33 market around 8.45 pm. Sources said the accused were riding an Apache motorcycle. ■ With the two fresh cases, the total number of snatchings in the city this year reached 112. Most of these have been reported from areas falling under the jurisdiction of the Sector 34 police station. Pinjore man’s gold chain snatched Panchkula, June 24 Two bike-borne miscreants snatched a gold chain from a man in Pinjore here on Saturday night. The police said the victim has been identified as Aman, 31, of Garida village in Pinjore. His father Rajesh Kumar, who owns a shop, told the police that he had asked his son to look after the shop in the evening as he had to go out for some work. The police said as per the complaint, two persons, who were on a black Pulsar motorcycle, come to the shop and asked for water. “As I gave them a bottle containing water, the person riding pillion snatched my gold chain and fled the spot,” Aman told the police, adding that the accused were wearing helmets. TNS women. However, the victims had failed to identify the make of the motorcycle. It is suspected that the same snatcher was involved in these two incidents as well. Gangster Nehra’s aide nabbed in assault case Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 24 The Crime Branch of the UT police has arrested gangster Sampat Nehra’s aide, who was wanted in a two-year-old assault case. The police said following a tip-off, the accused, Manpreet Bhangu of Kharar, was arrested in Sector 46 on Friday. He was produced in court on Saturday, which sent him to twoday police remand. Manpreet Bhangu of Kharar was on the run for 2 yrs Crime Branch officials said Manpreet was active in student politics when he studied at a college in Sector 26 in 2016. Then, he had a dispute with another student of the college, identified as Jaspreet Singh, who was a supporter of a rival student wing. The police said Manpreet, along with Nehra and others, had attacked Jaspreet at the parking area of the CITCO food joint in Sector 10. The victim was attacked with sharp weapons, leaving him seriously injured. A case was registered against Manpreet, Nehra and others at the Sector 3 police station. While two persons were arrested in the case, Manpreet and Nehra were absconding since then. The Haryana Police had arrested Nehra, a member of the Lawrence Bishnoi gang, earlier this month in Hyderabad.
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